PRESS TV Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pic below left) has countered US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that “when America retreats, chaos often follows,” saying actually the opposite is true.
“Whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression, and resentment follow,” Zarif tweeted on Thursday in response to Pompeo’s remarks in Egypt which raised eyebrows in the United States and abroad.
Pompeo described the US as a “force for good” in the Middle East in a speech at the American University in Cairo, which contradicted President Donald Trump’s announcement last month to pull troops out of the region.
“We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with our enemies, they advance,” he said.
Pompeo, however, said the US withdrawal from Syria was not “a change of mission.”
“Let me be clear: America will not retreat until the terror fight is over,” he said, adding, “For our part, our airstrikes in the region will continue as targets arise,” he added.
Pompeo’s speech drew immediate criticism from Middle East experts as well as officials who served under Obama.
In his rambling speech, Pompeo also spoke extensively of the US “campaign to stop Iran’s malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world.”
He said US economic sanctions against Iran were “the strongest in history, and will keep getting tougher until Iran starts behaving like a normal country.”
In his Thursday tweet, Zarif said, “The day Iran mimics US clients & @SecPompeo’s ‘human rights models’ — be it the Shah or current butchers — to become a ‘normal’ country is the day hell freezes over. Best for the US to just get over loss of Iran.”
Earlier during a press conference in Cairo, Pompeo said, ”America has always been a liberating force, not an occupying power, in the Middle East. We’ve never dreamed of domination.”
He said Washington would work with allies to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria.
Iran has been lending military advisory support to the Syrian government in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists.
The United States, however, has been in Syria since 2014 under the pretext of confronting the Daesh terrorist group without the request of the Syrian government or a UN mandate.
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